Buy a CD of music for relaxation, and there’s a good chance it’ll feature running water, chirping birds and rustling leaves. Instinctively, it makes sense to us that the sounds of nature should be refreshing for the mind. This idea hasn’t been lost on psychology researchers. A range of studies have investigated whether natural sounds…

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This week, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that we have a window of 12 years before our chance to limit global warming to a 1.5C rise in temperatures slips away. Failing to cap global warming at 1.5C would mean more severe food and water shortages, more poverty, more severe weather, more heat-related…

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